Top 10 Hardest Mario & Luigi Bosses


The Top Ten

1 Cackletta Soul

In the orginals his arms were still elemental and in the orginal you would want one of the bros speed to be 120 to outspeed Cackletta soul to heal

This boss was so tricky! She has so much HP and you can't even attack her soul unless you defeat the other parts of her, and it takes forever! Even with Easy Mode this boss is very hard! - darthvadern

In the original games, this boss is very likely to go first, meaning that there's a chance of losing immediately.

The remake makes this boss even harder due to two changes:
1) Her arms become elemental, meaning that Fire and Thunder Bros. (and their stronger counterparts) can heal her arms if your attack targets the wrong arm.
2) There was an attack she uses in the original that requires you to knock back energy orbs, damaging her. In the remake, this attack doesn't reflect, so no loads of damage to the boss when this move is used. The remake also gave the bestiary better stats, somher attacks hits harder.

While the boss is hard it wasn't unfair like everyone says - Pikachu7586

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2 Dreamy Bowser

Between having some of the highest stats in the series, tricky patterns, minion summoning, and one of the best boss themes ever in my opinion, he more than qualifies.

I was never able to beat in my first playthrough, so I had to play the game agiain and fight every common enemy

Even when I had very good gear that lets you have infinite items, and heals BP and HP a good amount each turn, I still almost died to this boss. The hardest by far.

This should be #1. - Tyler730

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3 Princess Shroob / Elder Princess Shroob

These and Shrowser were the only bosses in the game that weren't just absolute jokes.

I know, right?! Nonetheless, M&L: PIT is the best Mario & Luigi game ever.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is top 1 on best Mario & Luigi games, with Superstar Saga being top 2, Bowser's Inside Story being top 3 & Dream Team being top 4.

Nah Bowser's Inside Story is easily the best of the series. But still Elder Princess Shroob is one of the hardest bosses in the series - Pikachu7586

To tough

I don't even get how people prefer M&L: BIS and M&L: DT over M&L: SS and M&L: PIT.

4 Zee Keeper

A pretty fun boss battle with decent challenge. Except for the motion controls glitch. That's probably why this is here.

His attacks are REALLY strong, and hard to dodge. You're either lucky or skilled if you can dodge all (or at least most) of his attacks in the dimensional rift.

The rift was way to easy

5 Memory ML

Yeah right. seriously megasparklegoomba in paper Mario sticker star is harder than those two wimps

6 Dark Fawful

Really? I found him rather easy. Compared to Ice Midbus, of course. - Garythesnail

7 Elder Shrooboid

The 4 turns till game over and spikey head screwed me over way too many times you need more then 4 turns

8 Dark Star X

He has so much HP. The biggest problem? Not enough turns if your going on the path to Bowser X, who did 253 damage to the bros.

That guy sucked to beat with him having like nine fakes instead of six

9 Antasma X

Antasma is my favorite boss in any RPG game.

The original Antasma was arguably my favorite fight in the game, and it certainly delivered on difficulty, but Antasma X was NIGHTMARISH. You get only 14 turns to defeat him-and if he sends you to the nightmare world, you lose one. You'll need to use as many Luiginary attacks as possible if you even want a chance of taking him down. - Garythesnail

Antasma X as number 10. Probably because not many people went up against the bastard. Just look. The game intentionally heals you 30 Hp per turn and gives you the chance to gain 50 more Hp in the dream. Not many different attacks but it is one repetitive nightmare for those who wanted more antasma. The guy could well kill you easily in his first turn, most likely from panicking and bumping into all his attacks. Cackletta had to troll you with one Hp. This guy doesn't.

This is the only boss I can't beat

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10 Big Massif

I found him pretty easy

The Contenders

11 Queen Bean

This one's easy! - darthvadern

12 Bowser X

This guy should be the flipping number 1! I completely underestimated him on my first tIme. I was like "oh yeah this guy should be difficult. Nothing I can't manage" but I was clearly blind on how powerful he is. His speed made it hard to dodge, and when I got hit, I was like "253 damage?!?!?! Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?! This boss is already a nightmare! " The item stealing thing isn't that bad, unless it's healing items or OP Bros Attacks. I had so many turns gone. number 1 by far. Cackletta's Soul is NOTHING compared to this.

Why is this guy not in at least the top 5? Not only does this guy deal so much damage, but his Shy Guy attack is practically a guaranteed death for one of the Bros if you can't defend against it, which is easily the most difficult to defend against. If that wasn't enough, this guy also steals any Bro moves you use for 5 turns. Why is this guy not higher?!?!

Not only do you have to get through the 6 X bosses before him in the boss rush to battle him, his attacks are borderline impossible to avoid and he does a TON of damage. - Garythesnail

This guy is a nightmare. First of all, you have 35 turns to beat him AND every other battle ring boss. Second, even if you're a master magic window attacker, it's incredibly hard, since he INHALES your bros. items. His attacks are hard to dodge, plus they do insane amounts of damage! The first time I played this game, it took me 10 TRIES OF PURE AGONY just to beat him! The only reason I won the 10th time is because I Magic Window'd 5,000 of his HP. Even dealing the last 2,000 damage is brutal! How is he not #1?!

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13 Ludwig and Larry (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam) Ludwig and Larry (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam)

Honestly, both the first and second battle were difficult, even for me. Many people consider this the most difficult boss in Paper Jam. I think they should be fairly high on the list.

I played this battle like a million times and I never could beat it until I put it in easy mode these guys are beast

Yeah, it took me forever to get through these guys. Ludwig was a big problem.

Really hard Ludwig was really hard to beat

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14 Fawful Express

Whaa? Fawful express? Hard? When I played bowser's inside story I thought it was very easy (I actually found all giant battles very easy, but I never reached the point where you fight peach's castle)

The DS' shoddy mic makes it hard to land Bowser's fire attacks to Excellents, which is essential for this boss. With annoying attacks and DS' mic, this is the only boss besides Bowser X that took me several tries to beat. By far the hardest of the giant fights still.

15 Bowser Jr. (Dream Team) Bowser Jr. (Dream Team) Bowser Jr., or sometimes simply Jr., is a video game character who appears in Nintendo's Mario franchise as the secondary antagonist. As his name implies, he is the son of the series' primary antagonist, Bowser.

I mean look at it. You got 45 turns to beat The other bosses in the battle ring, including the big bad antasma x. Then you got this little dude stealing your moves when you have like 5 turns left. Bowser Jr. is hard


16 Dark Star Core
17 Fawful (Superstar Saga) Fawful (Superstar Saga) Fawful, known in Japan as Gerakobits, is a fictional character appearing in the Mario & Luigi series of role-playing video games developed by AlphaDream.

If you're talking about the second fight then yeah. Very hard and his shield is very annoying as well! - darthvadern

"IT IS THE OVERHEAT! " - Garythesnail

18 Cackletta (1st fight)

This was pretty hard! Her attacks can be very random and it's hard to time your jumps right! - darthvadern

Her attacks are fast-paced and do tons of damage, and it can catch you by surprise the first time. - Garythesnail

19 Bowser Jr (Paper Jam)

He is just our right INSANITY

20 Kamek Duo

These guys are not that bad in the main story, but in the battle ring they are incredibly tough. Both of the kameks attacks deal brutal amounts of damage that can outright KO your bros in one hit! There attacks are already difficult to dogde, especially that chase sequence...

21 Giant Bowser (Dream Team)

It was all easy until the star driver and its retarded controls. I was as mad as hell when he was revived, damn you Kamek I'm still trying to get past this abomination, thanks for wasting countless hours of my childhood Nintendo!

22 Shiny RoboBowser (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam)

Takes a LONG time to beat and at the level I was at, almost every attack could kill me in one hit!

By FAR the hardest non-bonus boss in the series - xandermartin98

23 Hermie III

This guy had way too much HP to the point it takes forever to make him lose half of the HP! - darthvadern

This guy was tough on my first playthrough, and still gives me trouble to this day. - JTLH101

24 Bob Landrik
25 Alpha Kretin (Bowser's Inside Story)

This boss was hard! I want to have the remake let you play as Starlow during the fight instead of Luigi.

26 Chuckolator

I don't remember this being hard - darthvadern

27 Blizzard Midbus
28 Wendy (Superstar Saga)

I don't remember much - darthvadern

29 Mammoshka (Dream Team)
30 Earthwake (Dream Team)
31 Bowser And Antasma

It took me forever!

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Top Remixes

1. Cackletta Soul
2. Princess Shroob / Elder Princess Shroob
3. Dreamy Bowser
1. Dreamy Bowser
2. Princess Shroob / Elder Princess Shroob
3. Cackletta Soul


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